If you are planning on completing a remodeling project in your home, it can be enticing to do your own demolition. While it may seem easy to pull up carpets or tear down walls, there is actually a lot more to it than you might realize. Before attempting this as a do-it-yourself (DIY) project, consider the following reasons why it may not be the best idea.
You Risk Damaging Your Home
Without extension experience doing demolition and home construction projects, you risk causing even more damage. If you damage your home's structure while attempting a DIY demolition job, you will end up hiring a contractor to fix it anyway. You could have saved the money and hassle by hiring them in the very beginning. Also consider that if a contractor causes the damage, they are covered by their insurance policy, which gets the repairs done without costing you anything. However, if you caused the damage, your overall remodeling costs are going to go up dramatically.
Demolition Is Dangerous
Taking a hammer to the wall may seem minor, but demolition work is actually quite dangerous. There could be unstable surfaces that collapse, you might get electrocuted f you actually hit an active power line, or the dust from the drywall can get into your eyes, mouth, or lungs. There is even paint that could potentially cause you illness due to the exposure. This doesn't even begin to cover risks of using equipment needed for demolition.
It Takes Time
Demolition also takes time, and may not be completed over a weekend. If you were attempting this is as a weekend project, you might find that while being careful to avoid electrical work and plumbing in the walls, it is taking a lot longer than you thought. Not only will hiring a contractor free up time for you, but they have the skills to get the job done quickly and efficiently.
Demolition Is Laborious, Dirty Work
Also consider doing the work itself, and how physical it is. You will get tired quickly when tearing up carpet or flooring tiles, or lifting heavy objects. Your back and joints might hurt a lot sooner than you think when you aren't prepared for this type of job. Unless you are highly physical on a regular basis, you might be in for a big surprise when, after a couple hours, every part of your body hurts. Contractors do this for a living, so they are more prepared for the physical toll it can take on their body. It is also extremely dirty, so you need to know how to keep the rest of your home protected, and keep cleaning up after demolition, which adds to the time it takes to finish the job.
Instead of attempting a project like this yourself, contact a company like Colorado Cleanup Corporation.